SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Thai may be combined with another Asian language, or with a non'language discipline. In addition, Thai may be combined with French; in this combination the European language portion of the degree is taught at University College London, to which initial applications should be directed. The general pattern is that the two'subject degrees are taken over four years, with the third year being spent on a programme of study in Thailand. However, students taking Thai and French spend their third year in France. There are also three'year versions of the degrees in Thai and a discipline which do not involve a year abroad.

Course Modules

Thai Modules include: Thai language; introduction to South East Asia; South East Asia on film; Thai cultural texts; Thai cultural studies; Indonesia on screen; basic Pali; Sanskrit language; introduction to the study of language learning; introduction to the history of South East Asia; South East Asia during the Cold War; indigenous warfare and society in Early Modern South East Asia 1300'1830; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; arts of the Buddha in South East Asia; island arts of South East Asia; popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music and religion in South East Asia; introduction to Islam; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; Theravada Buddhism; government and politics of modern South East Asia; economic development of South East Asia. Social Anthropology Modules include: Introduction to social anthropology; voice and place; social theory; principles of social investigation; anthropology and film; anthropology of gender; African and Asian cultures in Britain; Asian and African communities in British society; new media and society; anthropology of tourism; independent study project; advanced ethnographic study; psychoanalysis and anthropology; anthropology and film; the other in horror and science fiction films; contemporary trends; ethnography of East Africa; ethnography of West Africa; ethnography of South Asia; ethnography of South East Asia; ethnography of China; ethnography of Japan; ethnography of the Near and Middle East.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB-AAA
  • Course specific

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